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Footage of Ben Stokes street brawl leaks

Footage appearing to show England vice-captain Ben Stokes engaged in a street brawl is published by a tabloid.

Footage that appears to show England vice-captain Ben Stokes engaged in a street brawl has been published by The Sun.

The 26-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion of actual bodily harm following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol.

Police released the all-rounder without charge but the investigation is ongoing and he was absent for England's ODI win over the West Indies on Wednesday.

In the one-minute video, a man resembling Stokes is seen fighting with two men and punches one of them clean out onto the street. One onlooker can be heard saying: "That's enough Stokesy."

The newspaper speculates that Stokes could now be stripped of his vice-captaincy and even be axed from the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, despite being named in the squad on Wednesday.

In a statement, the ECB said: "We have seen this footage for the first time tonight - when posted by The Sun. There is an ongoing police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process."

Stokes suffered a broken hand as a result of the scrap.

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